WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Texas has now seen its first hot car death of 2017. The victim was a young toddler from Burleson, Texas whose parents thought the child was out of the vehicle when it had been left inside.
There have been five toddler deaths so far in 2017 and nearly one hundred deaths in the last four years according to noheatstroke.org.
The number of hot car deaths amongst young children has risen over the past few years. In 2015, there were 24 but in 2016 that number had increased to 39.
But just how hot can a car get when it's turned off and left to bake under the sun?
According to San Francisco State University's Department of Geosciences, the internal temperatures of a car at 70 degrees can rise by as much as 45 degrees in an hour while sitting under open skies.
Between 1998 and 2016 700 infants and children died of heatstroke inside hot motor vehicles. In more than half of those cases the child was accidentally forgotten about inside a car.
In 28-percent of the cases, the child unintentionally gained access to the vehicle on their own, and a little over 17-percent of the hot car toddler deaths were intentional.
Though the danger of hot car deaths may be high as many as 30 states have no laws specifically against leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.